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Treasury: indyref Yes vote could put savings and pensions at risk
Millions of pounds in pensions and savings would be put at risk in an independent Scotland, a report by the UK Government will today warn.

Senior Cameron ally denies insulting the party faithful
Tory MPs last night turned on David Cameron over allegations one of his closest political allies called party activists "mad, swivel-eyed loons".

Base move inept says Sir Menzies
Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has reignited his feud with Danny Alexander over the decision to save an RAF base next to the Treasury Chief Secretary's constituency.

Pension rights concerns over same-sex marriage legislation
Thousands of Scots could miss out on pension rights if their spouse dies unless MPs vote through same-sex marriage proposals this week, campaigners have warned.

MP could force an early by-election
Labour sources say the party would be ready for a snap Westminster by- election in Falkirk despite suspending its troubled candidate selection process last week.

PM warns tax havens to abide by rules
David Cameron has written to the leaders of Britain's offshore tax havens stressing the need to "get our own houses in order" as he pushes for international action to tackle-avoidance schemes.

Politicians in line for significant pay increase
MPs are in line for a dramatic pay rise of up to £20,000 in a move that could spark public fury.

Mandelson declares New Labour dead and backs Miliband's efforts
A KEY architect of New Labour has said the politics of the Blair era is over and that it is time for a new generation with new ideas.

Alexander denies EU backtrack
Danny Alexander has denied he is re-writing history over Europe.

UKIP face fresh right-wing row
UKIP have suffered another blow after it emerged that their by-election candidate in Aberdeen is linked to a group that has denounced Islam as a "brutal theocracy".

Joyce in by-election threat
LABOUR is facing the prospect of a damaging by-election in Falkirk after sitting MP Eric Joyce warned last night he would force a snap poll if his successor was selected by a political "fix".

Galloway attacked for SNP Catholic slur
THE controversial left-wing MP George Galloway has been attacked by pro-independence politicians and anti-sectarian campaigners for dragging religion into the debate over the 2014 referendum and claiming the SNP poses a danger to Catholics.

Downing Street backs 2014 Glasgow invitation to Sri Lanka
Downing Street has refused to rule out inviting Sri Lanka to a First World War commemoration service despite an outcry from human-rights organisations.

Voters back Cameron on economy
JUST one in three people thinks the Tory-LibDem Coalition is doing a good job with the country's finances, a new poll shows.

High price of nuclear plants 'worth paying'
THE chairman of an influential Commons committee warned the high price of new nuclear power stations would be worth paying for cheaper energy bills over the long term.

 

Scotsman

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The Scotsman cartoon - 21/05/2013

Swivel-eyed loons or not, embattled Prime Minister David Cameron needs to shore up all the support he can get from grassroots Tories



Abu Qatada to stay in jail after judge refuses bail

RADICAL cleric Abu Qatada will remain behind bars after a judge denied him bail yesterday.



?Deny work to would-be immigrants?

Asylum seekers should not be encouraged to integrate into British society, a UK government spokesman has told the House of Lords.



New maintenance charges ?are tax on children?

LAWYERS and campaigners have criticised UK ministers over new child maintenance charges which they warn will 
financially penalise children.



Multi-buy ban sees 4.5m wine bottle sales drop

SALES of wine fell by almost 4.5 million bottles in the year after the Scottish Government banned multi-buy deals, a new NHS report has revealed.



Gay marriage bill: Labour deal saves David Cameron

TORY divisions over plans to legalise gay marriage last night saw 56 of the party’s MPs vote to wreck the government’s proposals by allowing straight couples to take up civil partnerships.



Scottish independence: Yes vote savings threat

MICHAEL Moore has spelled out Treasury concerns about the impact of independence on mortgages, insurance premiums and pensions.



Scottish independence: ?RBS and HBOS may leave?

Scotland’s banking giants would face “considerable market pressures” to leave their Edinburgh headquarters after independence and base themselves elsewhere in the UK, a former Bank of England deputy governor has warned.



Labour challenges SNP?s plan to close sheriff courts

OPPOSITION MSPs have mounted a challenge to plans to close courts across Scotland as Labour accused justice secretary Kenny MacAskill of “ignoring” local communities.



Leaders: Kirk?s gay ministers ruling | Drink proposals

Religious convictions, because they derive from faith in the Word of God as revealed in the Bible, are the most unshakeable of beliefs.



Riots after man, 69, shot dead by police

Gangs of youths angered by the fatal shooting of an elderly man by police in a predominantly immigrant neighbourhood threw rocks at officers and set cars and buildings on fire in a Stockholm suburb yesterday.



Peter Jones: Alex Salmond?s indy pension puzzle

The SNP has a major fight to convince voters retirement plans look brighter under independence, says Peter Jones



Brian Taylor: Labour?s home rule battle

In the last of our series in association with the University of Glasgow’s Vox Populi lectures, Brian Taylor looks back at the referendum of 1997



Jackie Kemp: Guantanamo bloody stain on US values

Obama’s broken promises may prove a turning point in support for US, says Jackie Kemp



David Maddox: Independence referendum will leave emotional scars

WITH the latest UK government paper out yesterday saying why Scottish independence really is not a good idea, it is easy to forget the emotional side in the trading and counter-trading of facts and non-facts across the two sides of the debate.



Wingsland Blog

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sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

Is it even worth bothering?
With the latest Westminster fearbomb, we mean. We’ve covered the pensions thing in considerable detail already, so the Treasury’s attack was outdated before it was even launched. It’s becoming increasingly plain with every passing day than an independent Scotland would be better off financially than the rest of the UK (unless we get “more powers” [...]

Quoted for truth #16
The Sunday Mail, 19 May 2013: “Labour are meant to be convincing Scots that we can trust them with our future. On this evidence, you would not trust them to go to the garage for chocolate.” The Observer, 19 May 2013: “The Scots are accustomed to having their views ignored in the British political system. [...]

It?s not just us, then?
We’re not in the habit of just reprinting other publications’ stories wholesale here at Wings Over Scotland – we’ve done it maybe four or five times in a year-and-a-half, and two of those were yesterday – but we’ve got a lot on today and there isn’t much we can add to this piece in today’s [...]

Cake neither had nor eaten
This week’s Scotland on Sunday is full of the usual outpourings of fear and madness (our absolute favourite is a standout piece of howling-at-the-moon insanity from frothing Tory loonbag Gerald Warner, magnificently entitled “Feminism driving holocaust of abortion”), but one in particular caught our eye. Headed “Independent Scotland at risk from bank crash“, the Tom [...]

Lies then and lies now
When supprters of Scottish independence cite the infamous McCrone Report – a UK government document suppressed by both Conservative and Labour administrations in the 1970s because of its explosive revelations about the potential wealth of an independent Scotland – Unionists have a standard tactic. Mumbling that it’s all ancient history, water under the bridge, and [...]

Brit Nat Down
Thanks to the alert reader who pointed us at a Plymouth Herald story today about lovable UKIP candidate and teacher of British children, the charming Ron Northcott. “Plymouth UKIP man quits after calling Scots ‘workshy addicts’ in Twitter rant A UKIP politician has ?fallen on his sword?, after abusing Scots people on the social media [...]

Dispatches from foreign lands
As our Twitter followers will know, we’ve experimentally decided to reserve Saturdays for light-hearted comic banter, as a bit of relief from the serious business of politics. Of course, this week politics has been so absurd – from “Better Together” deciding it was Better Apart to Gordon Brown promising Scots that if they vote No [...]

Cat declawed

UKIP: MEDIA BLACKOUT CONTINUES
Much of the Scottish media today is full of (mostly right-wing) commentators bleating piteously about the dreadful carnage in Edinburgh yesterday in which, um, a couple of dozen scruffy student types shouted at a silly man for a bit. Here, for example, is the usually-sane Alex Massie wringing his hands about the horror of it [...]

Just wondering
…does this page appear in today’s edition of the SCOTTISH Sun? Anyone got a copy to hand? We could find out, but we’d rather not hand over the 69p.

BBC Scotland

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UK governments 'hold back Scotland'
The policies of past and present Westminster governments have held back Scotland, Holyrood's SNP administration claims in an economic document on independence.

Multi-buy ban 'cuts alcohol sales'
The amount of alcohol sold in Scottish shops has fallen by 2.6% in the year since multi-buy promotions were banned, research suggests.

Treasury warns on savings protection
A UK Treasury analysis paper says an independent Scotland could have "significant difficulties" providing protection for savers.

Breast gene test extended in Scotland
More women in Scotland will be offered a breast cancer genetic test in line with a decision south of the border, the Scottish government confirms.

Ex councillor in confiscation order
A former councillor is to have more than £34,000 of falsely claimed income support confiscated.

Scots NHS alert line takes UK calls
A third of calls to a confidential phone line which allows health workers in Scotland to raise concerns about the NHS came from other parts of the UK.

'Robust' recovery begins in jobs
A strong rise in the number of people taking up permanent and temporary jobs could be the beginning of a "more robust" recovery, new figures suggest.

Immigration policies 'restrictive'
the Scottish minister with responsibility for immigration attacks the UK government's approach to the issue.

Cycle campaign pedals on parliament
Thousands of cyclists embark on a protest ride to the Scottish Parliament, calling for 5% of Scotland's transport budget to be spent on cycling.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond defends the government's record on access to cancer drugs.

VIDEO: Treasury warning on Scots' savings
The UK Treasury says an independent Scotland would make banking costlier and riskier north of the border.

VIDEO: Farage's eventful trip to Scotland
UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will not be intimidated out of Scottish politics despite needing police protection during a visit to Edinburgh.

AUDIO: Farage hangs up on BBC interview
UKIP leader Nigel Farage hits back at protesters who besieged him in an Edinburgh pub

VIDEO: EU legal advice 'won't be disclosed'
Legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would be a member of the European Union will not be disclosed by the Scottish government, a Holyrood minister says.

VIDEO: Your questions: Young voices
Young activists debate Scottish independence

Newsnet Scotland

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Edinburgh welcomes UKIP

By Max Crema - reproduced courtesy of ScotsPolitics.com
 
In the tightly controlled and pre-tested world of politics it?s not often that an event occurs which doesn?t fit into a narrative. A company will go bust and left-leaning papers will decry deregulation while their counterparts demand more. A speech will occur, a bill will be passed, a by-election will be won and you can easily predict the media packaging and allegiance for each event.
 
However, sometimes the narrative doesn?t fit.



Farage and the Farrago of lies

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
A band of hard line Scottish nationalists this week turned on UKIP leader Nigel Farage, forcing the mild mannered English gent to flee from Edinburgh in fear of his own safety.
 
This lie is being perpetrated by malevolent forces within the media here in Scotland.  It is a lie that has at its heart the aim of portraying Scots who oppose fundamental Unionism as nothing more than an anti-English Facist mob intent on silencing all who oppose them.



Scotland Inspires Me

By Gordon S. Kerman
 
I had heard about Scotland all my life, growing up in a Canadian family with a Scottish mum, whom I call M.  Before leaving Canada I travelled the length and breadth of it, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and Dawson City, Yukon Territories to the border of the United States and beyond.

My first holiday in Scotland was in August 1995 for a two-week period.  I was immediately taken by how different and beautiful the country was in comparison to Canada.



Young Scots debate the independence referendum

Two young Scots representing each side in the independence debate answer questions on the merits of Scottish independence and remaining within the Union.

Ross Greer from Yes Scotland and Michael Low from Better Together give a young person's view of the debate.



Ukip-Tory UK not for confederalists

By George Kerevan
 
THINGS are afoot in England. A quarter of English voters now support Ukip ? a right wing, populist party that has its roots in the values and nostalgia of Middle England.
 
Boris Johnson wants the income from council tax, business rates and stamp duty devolved to the London Assembly ? perfectly justifiable, but a body blow to the argument the Union is about fiscal sharing, as the metropolis is the richest part of the UK by far.



First Minister's Questions - 16 May 2013 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



'Better Together' just circling the drain

   By Mark McNaught

Last week the Queen gave her speech presenting the UK government?s manifesto for the next year.  As I watched it, I wondered to what degree she actually agrees with what she was proposing, or whether she was just channelling the neo-liberal think tanks that provide the Tories with their discredited intellectual architecture. 

The Queen?s Delphic treatment of the question of devolution was notably short on substance.



Time to move forward

By Allan Grogan of Labour for Independence

"Someone in Glasgow is no different to someone in London or Cardiff and I think it's really important to remember that."

If this comment above sounds familiar it may be because you heard it on the video launch of United with Labour. But it is more likely that you will hear it from a Labour member voting no in 2014.



An Open Letter to Scottish Labour Voters, Members and Elected Representatives

By Rob Connell
 
In a scene replicated in many Scottish workplaces I?m sure, I was recently party to a lunchtime conversation on voting intention.  One colleague stated that they would "always vote for the red rose, my family always has".  I thought this beautifully stated a very popular position, and that it would be interesting to explore why.
 
Scottish Labour stands on the great egalitarian tradition of the Labour movement, with their website evoking Keir Hardie?s "new and radical force in Scottish politics" and remembering the first Labour Government in 1924 "legislating for the first major programme of municipal house building".



UKIP: A Scottish irrelevance ? a 'Scottish' media obsession

  By Campbell Martin
 
Unfortunately, British broadcasters and newspapers don?t make any concessions for Scotland, so you would be forgiven for thinking the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) was now a political force.
 
Over the past week, our so-called ?national? news on the BBC, broadcast from London, has been reporting how UKIP produced a seismic shift in politics by securing almost 25% of the votes cast in local government elections.  The fact those local elections only took place in parts of England and had no relevance to Scotland was barely mentioned.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Treasury paper not an accurate reflection of Scotland's financial services

The UK government's paper on financial services has been described by Jim Spowart, one of the leading figures in the Scottish financial sector, as not being “a credible analysis of how financial organisations work”. Mr Spowart's direct experience in the financial sector includes being former mana...



Healey says Scotland 'pays its fair share' | Scottish National Party

Former Labour Chancellor Denis Healey has said Scotland can afford to be independent – and has rubbished claims that Scotland is subsidised by the rest of the UK as "myths".



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Are the SNP the Scottish UKIP? | Bright Green
A crowd of activists pointing out that the UKIP leader is a bawbag does not a national sentiment make. In fact, with the good folks at Hope not Hate
Peter A Bell's insight:

Excellent article exposing the simplistic folly of comparing the SNP with UKIP.



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Is it even worth bothering?

With the latest Westminster fearbomb, we mean. We’ve covered the pensions thing in considerable detail already, so the Treasury’s attack was outdated before it was even launched. It’s becoming increasingly plain with every passing day than an independent Scotland would be better off financially t...



Resolution and future of finance - speech by Paul Tucker

Speaking at the 9th World Congress of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Paul Tucker – the Bank’s Deputy Governor for Financial Stability and a member of both the Financial Policy Committee (FPC), the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and the Board of the Pru...



Bank of England speech undermines Treasury paper | Scottish National Party

In a speech today at an international conference, Paul Tucker, the Bank of England’s Deputy Governor for Financial Stability, outlines the virtues of cross-border co-operation in financial regulation - and in doing so shatters Scottish Secretary Michael Moore’s Treasury paper which scaremongers o...



Where power lies | Holyrood Magazine
Last week I was interviewed by the Voice of Russia radio station about my views on the referendum debate. I fear it descended into a rammy worthy of the Jeremy
Peter A Bell's insight:

Superb article from Mandy Rhodes castigating London-centric media.



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The 2% Gang

Sound familiar? The same shit spouted on Twitter by my brother Ian Smart in his disastrous Twitter foray barely a week ago. I am just waiting for Jack McConnell to directly join in. He is supportive enough to re-tweet their musings.



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Why did the banks only become Scottish - after they failed?

Why did the banks only become Scottish - after they failed? This joke reminds me though, of the one of the rallying calls of the ‘No’ campaign.

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UK immigration policy ?damaging Scottish economy?

THE UK government’s immigration policies are “damaging” Scotland’s economy, Scotland’s external affairs minister Humza Yousaf claimed yesterday.

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Brian Monteith: Free speech right applies to Farage

If Scotland is ‘better’ than the rest of the UK, then Salmond should be condemning Ukip’s treatment here, writes Brian Monteith
Peter A Bell's insight:

This entire article is based on a false premise. Nobody tried to restrict Farage's right to speak. On the contrary, people attended the meeting in ...



Scottish independence: UK underplayed value of oil

FORMER chancellor Lord Healey has admitted the UK government underplayed the value of Scottish oil in the 1970s to combat support for independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

They lied to us then. They're lying to us now.



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Could RBS stay in an independent Scotland?

If Scotland became independent, would and could Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland, owned by Lloyds, keep their homes there?
Peter A Bell's insight:

Robert Peston raises the question of whether an independent Scotland would wish to keep the "Scottish" banks.



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Scottish independence: Pension and savings warning

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would have “significant difficulties” in underwriting personal savings of up to £85,000, the UK Treasury will claim today in a flagship report.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It seems we must assume that, while the British parties have a highly developed ability to identify and amp...



Lallands Peat Worrier: "Naebody's nails can reach the length o' Lunnon..."

 The spirit of Sir Walter Scott's Mrs Howden took to the streets of Edinburgh this week, a knot of students taking the opportunity of the Aberdeen Donside by-election to barrack Nigel Farage, with cries of "bawbag" and sundry other irreverent observations on the ideology and policies of UKIP's of...



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Scottish Secretary Michael Moore warns that mortgage and pension costs will r...
NEW report claims savers will also be hit in the pocket as financial regulations will have to be duplicated on both sides of the border.

Record View: Labour council should be ashamed over threatening bedroom tax le...
SOUTH Lanarkshire Council must act to rein in officials who appear to have run out of control, RECORD VIEW believes.

David Cameron faces leadership crisis as Tory rebels plot to derail his gay m...
RIGHT-WING MPs plan to turn up heat on flagging Prime Minister by ganging up with Labour and Lib-Dems to embarrass their party leader.

Outrage as disgraced MP Eric Joyce tries to veto the selection of his replace...
BOOZY House of Commons brawler Joyce slammed for his "bare-faced cheek" after he attempts to influence vote on his successor in safe Scottish seat.

Mail Opinion: How Labour managed to turn a bam into a crisis
MAIL OPINION says that the Labour party need to ensure the selection process for Eric Joyce's successor is transparent and fair.

Row over who should replace shamed MP Eric Joyce escalates as Labour Party sq...
LABOUR has suspended the selection of a new candidate for Falkirk amid accusations that Unite had tried to stitch-up the process.

Alex Salmond champions SNP council house record as he joins candidate on Aber...
THE First Minister claimed his party had "made a new generation of council house construction possible" when he joined Mark McDonald campaigning for the Donside by-election.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage likens Scottish nationalism campaign to facism after...
THE Ukip leader was forced to abandon his planned press conference at the Canons' Gait pub after it was filled with chanting protesters.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage barricaded inside Edinburgh pub by protesters shouti...
FARAGE had arranged a press conference inside the Canons Gait pub on the Royal Mile but protesters soon surrounded the meeting before staff were forced to clear the bar.

Ruth Davidson urges Scottish Government to publish advice it received on an i...
THE Conservative leader told MSPs that the First Minister needs to tell Scots what advice the paper contains.

Scots gran reveals how she had to move to England to get cancer drug to keep ...
MAUREEN Fleming is being forced to leave her home of 27 years because the treatment she needs is free south of the Border but costs £3000 a month here.

Any member of the public could challenge Scottish independence referendum res...
PROFESSOR Tom Mullen said the vote could be challenged if there are genuine doubts about the fairness of the outcome.

Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri: I wouldn't vote for Scottish Independence
SPITERI is one of a growing number of Scotland?s most influential celebrities who have come out publicly and backed the No campaign.

French MSP Christian Allard sworn in at Holyrood
MR Allard moved to Scotland more than 25 years ago and today he made a non-religious affirmation and repeated it in his first language in front of MSPs in the debating chamber.

Landlords who have not complied with the new deposit rules may face legal action
AS deadline day is reached an estimated 56 per cent of eligible tenancies in Scotland have not yet had the cash paid into an approved plan.

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Damn! This wasn't supposed to appear on the Front Page, or be publicised.
Damn! This wasn't supposed to appear on the Front Page, or be publicised.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 7 - Denis Healey
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Naturally, he considered lying through his teeth as being thoroughly moral, if it suited his purposes - the mark of an officer a gentleman, ...

A secret leaked recording of a Yes North East Fife extremist meeting held in ...
A secret leaked recording of a Yes North East Fife extremist meeting held in Cupar last week has revealed a Yes Scotlandshire board member calling for the removal of Dictator Eck


Yes Scotlandshire board member calls for regime change here
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A guy in a pub, who claimed to be...

Scotlandshire dangerously over reliant on too many different economic sectors...
Scotlandshire dangerously over reliant on too many different economic sectors. Disaster looms. Our exclusive analysis.


Scotlandshire over-dependent on too many economic sectors
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Scotlandshire over-dependent on oil, finance, renewables, food & drink ....

Separatists fail again - even with whisky!
Separatists fail again - even with whisky!


World Whisky Day 'A Disaster' screams Daily Record
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Not a single World Whisky Day event had been organised in Antarctica. How typical of Salmond's vainglorious boasting about 'world domination'

IN BRIEFS - Salmond's blundering puts his position at risk.
IN BRIEFS - Salmond's blundering puts his position at risk.


First Minister teeters on brink
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The event was just one of many blunders from the SNP leader, who is increasingly seen in many circles as being the cause of the state of society today.

Niggle Forage, the leader of the UK's only real British Nationalist Party, ha...
Niggle Forage, the leader of the UK's only real British Nationalist Party, has blasted the "anti-English hatred" shown by the spoof BBC.


Forage exposes spoof channel's 'anti-English hatred'
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Forage, whose antennae are totally attuned to detecting hatred at levels above 1 p...

Alex Salmond has refused to meet with London's separatist dictator, Boris Joh...
Alex Salmond has refused to meet with London's separatist dictator, Boris Johnson, to discuss a joint strategy to break up the UK and EU.


London should separate from EU and UK
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Ian Davidson, Chairchoob of the Scottish Affairs Committee for Professional Londoners Overcoming...

IN BRIEFS - Sharleen Spiteri, the Governor of Texas, ridiculed the idea of br...
IN BRIEFS - Sharleen Spiteri, the Governor of Texas, ridiculed the idea of breaking up the UK in an interview with the Daily Record.


?Special Relationship? for Scotlandshire down the pan
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A spokesperson for Labour said: ?I?m glad the Texans have done their homework on the ...

John Poultice announces the results of our political satire poll. Boost his i...
John Poultice announces the results of our political satire poll. Boost his income by voting in our new poll.


Political Satire - Who does it best? Results
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Gordon Brewer's superb performance as a witless interviewer

Major cracks have appeared in the Scotlandshire government from the bottom up...
Major cracks have appeared in the Scotlandshire government from the bottom up as a lowly MSP quit so he can apply for a job ? as an MSP.


Disaster for Salmond as French and/or vampire invasion imminent
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Foreigners are bloody bonkers,? said Keith. ?They dress funny, and talk...

We provide exclusive coverage of Labour's Music Hall revival today. Read our ...
We provide exclusive coverage of Labour's Music Hall revival today. Read our review here.


'Make Em Laugh' - Labour's new (almost) side-splitting comedy show
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When the act finished, there was a little polite applause to relieve the embarrassed silence

IN BRIEFS - Salmond humiliated again.
IN BRIEFS - Salmond humiliated again.


No Baftas for Salmond after humiliating rejection
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?The First Minister wishes the best of luck to all Scactors and Scactresses competing at the Baftas.?

Unionists are planning to sieze the Donside Holyrood constituency for the Uni...
Unionists are planning to sieze the Donside Holyrood constituency for the Union in the by election called for 20 June following the death of separatist MSP Brian Adam.


Aberdeen Donside - Candidates for the Union
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The Liberal Democrats have selected a guaranteed loser to we...

Proudly, we publish some (but not too many) wise words from Michael Forsyth
Proudly, we publish some (but not too many) wise words from Michael Forsyth


Forsyth takes a gander at Cameron?s hypocrisy, and 'gooses' him
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Lord Forsyth makes dramatic discovery. Cameron is a two-faced ......

Continuing our series of well loved political movers and shakers in political...
Continuing our series of well loved political movers and shakers in political Scotlandshire, we present -


Scottish political movers and shakers No 6 - George Foulkes
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He had a natural talent for its distinctively immature side - deceit, dissimulation, and dirty tricks.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
It's time to get above ourselves

Beyond a Politics of Resentment
A new generation is emerging, arguing for Scottish independence on a radical, inclusive basis. Liam O’Hare, one of the organisers of the Farage protest is one of them. He guest Continue reading

The 2% Gang
UKIP and George Galloway are the 2% gang – statistical anomalies in Scottish politics. Here Alan Smart reports on their collective nonsense. “I?ll tell you what would happen when an Continue reading

An Enemy of the State
This is the second of a series of extracts from Scotland?s Road to Socialism ? Time to Choose, edited by Gregor Gall and published by Scottish Left Review Press. By Continue reading

We?ve Earned the Right to be Free
In the first of a brand new series here’s Citizen Smart with a specially Bella commissioned song. If the independence movement was looking for an anthem, we could do a Continue reading

Making Plans for Nigel
By Mike Small Thursday’s confrontation between Nigel Farage and Scottish protesters has led people to question just why Ukip is so unpopular in Scotland. However, it is the wrong question Continue reading

Scottish Album of the Year
No Fuzzy Friday today because, er, nobody’s sent anything in , and because we were up all night laughing our asses off at Nigel Farage. So instead of Top Tips Continue reading

Sent Homewards
Westminster’s darling get’s a warm welcome on Edinburgh’s High Street, a place with a long tradition of popular rule … Filed under: Antifascism, Autonomism Tagged: UKIP

Carrying the Fire
By Dougie Strang May 2013 has seen carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reach concentrations at or above 400ppm. The first time this has been so for over 3 million Continue reading

Let?s Go Beyond ?UK-OK?
"We have the opportunity to overhaul the way that we do things in Scotland. To make our country fairer and continuing to invest in our universal public services so that they are something we remain proud of paying for.."

Poverty Myths
By David Eyre In a recent column for The Scotsmani, the former Labour minister Brian Wilson highlights important research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, showing how people?s attitudes to poverty Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Scotland 'held back by UK governments' - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Scotland 'held back by UK governments'
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In a paper, to be published later, it cites six areas where Westminster has pursued policies said not to have been in the best interests of Scotland. The arguments are being outlined the day after Treasury analysis sugge...


Scottish independence: Treasury claims savers would not be protected - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Treasury claims savers would not be protected
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The Treasury report, the third in a series of UK government papers on Scottish independence, claims that schemes such as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) prov...


Scottish Independence: Treasury claims banks 'safer in UK' - BBC News

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Scottish Independence: Treasury claims banks 'safer in UK'
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The latest UK government paper on the impact of Scottish independence will claim the UK is better placed to manage the risk of a financial crisis. The Treasury will publish its analysis of financial services on Monday. It w...


Scottish independence: Minister Moore urges public to scrutinise Treasury pap...

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Scottish independence: Minister Moore urges public to scrutinise Treasury paper
BBC News
Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore urges the public to scrutinise the latest UK government report on the implications of Scottish independence. He was speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Mo...


Scottish independence: UK underplayed value of oil - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: UK underplayed value of oil
Scotsman
Lord Healey told Holyrood magazine the unionist parties were now ?worried stiff? about losing UK oil revenues if Scots vote for independence next year. The Labour peer said the UK would ?suffer enormously? without the billions of p...


Scottish Independence: 'Full levers' call for economy - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish Independence: 'Full levers' call for economy
BBC News
A Scottish government paper on independence will argue Scotland's potential for growth is being held back by the lack of decision-making powers. The paper, to be published on Tuesday, will look at Scotland's strengths in areas s...


Scottish independence: EU split may boost Yes vote - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: EU split may boost Yes vote
Scotsman
But when asked ?how would you be likely to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum if the UK was looking likely to vote to withdraw from the EU??, 44 per cent said they would be likely to vote yes, matched by 44 per ce...


Treasury report: Scottish independence would hit UK pensions - Money Marketing

Money Marketing

Treasury report: Scottish independence would hit UK pensions
Money Marketing
The Treasury has warned the creation of an independent Scotland would cause ?significant disruption? to the UK pensions market, with the associated costs likely to be borne by savers. In September 2014 a ref...


Scottish independence will force up mortgage rates, Treasury warns - Mortgage...

Scottish independence will force up mortgage rates, Treasury warns
Mortgage Solutions
The pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign described the report as a ?hasty rewrite? after the loss of the UK's AAA credit rating led it to drop references to it in the report. Household mortgage payment rates wer...


Concern for Scottish Banks in Independence Effort - New York Times

Concern for Scottish Banks in Independence Effort
New York Times
John Swinney, finance secretary of the Scottish government, which supports independence, dismissed that document as ?a discredited, feeble attempt to undermine confidence in Scotland's ability to be a successful independent country? a...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Brian Taylor: Labour's home rule battle - Scotsman (blog)

Scotsman (blog)

Brian Taylor: Labour's home rule battle
Scotsman (blog)
Some felt it conflicted with the ideology of international socialism, while others feared an unwarranted concession to the SNP. But there was a further element at play: should Labour ride solo ? or co-operate with others? Labour...


Donside - Labour candidate challenged on libraries - SNP (press release)

Donside - Labour candidate challenged on libraries
SNP (press release)
Mark McDonald, the SNP's candidate in the Aberdeen Donside by-election, has today called on Willie Young to scrap his council administration's 'deeply damaging' plans to shut a host of libraries across the constituency. Last yea...


Interview with Angus Robertson MP and Stewart Hosie MP - DeHavilland - DeHavi...

Interview with Angus Robertson MP and Stewart Hosie MP - DeHavilland
DeHavilland (subscription) (press release)
SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP and Deputy Leader Stewart Hosie MP speak to DeHavilland about Scottish independence, Europe and life in Parliament. A poll published in the Times...


Victims of bedroom tax targeted by Labour council - SNP (press release)

Victims of bedroom tax targeted by Labour council
SNP (press release)
?All councils run by the SNP have promised not to evict anyone subject to the bedroom tax if they take all reasonable steps to repay arrears. ?South Lanarkshire Council are failing to support the most disadvantaged people in our ...


SNP tightens party grip on local councillors in further chaos - For Argyll

For Argyll

SNP tightens party grip on local councillors in further chaos
For Argyll
SNP party group leader, Councillor Roddy McCuish intends to stand down as party group leader today and will resign from the SNP. This would be a typically clean-cut, no-nonsense decision from a man who is universally...


SNP anger at East Lothian care charge increases - East Lothian News

East Lothian News

SNP anger at East Lothian care charge increases
East Lothian News
SNP anger at East Lothian care charge increases. East Lothian Council. Published on 20/05/2013 10:00. SNP councillors have attacked East Lothian Council's decision, made this week, to increase charges to the elderly ...


Survey finds 84% in favour of council tax freeze - SNP (press release)

Survey finds 84% in favour of council tax freeze
SNP (press release)
The SNP has found overwhelming support in Aberdeen Donside for the continuation of the Council Tax freeze. The Council Tax has emerged as a major issue on the doorsteps following a television interview with Labour candidate Willie...


SNP MSP Humza Yousaf makes Qatar trade trip - Scotsman

Scotsman

SNP MSP Humza Yousaf makes Qatar trade trip
Scotsman
The SNP administration has previously faced criticism from its political opponents over its relationship with Qatar due to the Arab state's human rights record. SEE ALSO: Salmond: Scotland is remarkably like Qatar. Email to a friend; Prin...


Another Tory bedroom tax myth shattered - SNP (press release)

Another Tory bedroom tax myth shattered
SNP (press release)
The SNP has today said that ?another Tory bedroom tax myth has been shattered? after new figures revealed that the soaring housing benefit bill the Tories talked about does not exist in Scotland. The Tories have repeatedly claimed that the...


Call for Scots pine 'national tree' - ic Lanarkshire.co.uk

Call for Scots pine 'national tree'
ic Lanarkshire.co.uk
A petition submitted to Holyrood calls for the "iconic" Scots pine to become the national tree of Scotland. The SNP's Joan McAlpine has backed the petition, arguing it could not only boost efforts to restore native forests but could also bene...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

British identity 'key to referendum' - BBC News

BBC News

British identity 'key to referendum'
BBC News
He suggested how Scottish someone feels makes "remarkably little difference". But their sense of British identity is closely linked with how they are likely to vote in the referendum. According to the 2012 SSA, 46% of those who say they are Scot...


UK seeks Chretien's advice ahead of Scotland independence vote - CTV News

CTV News

UK seeks Chretien's advice ahead of Scotland independence vote
CTV News
The issue solidified last year with the announcement of a referendum scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014. Some 4 million Scottish voters will be asked the simple question, ?Should Scotland become an independent country?? As Sc...


Scottish referendum: EU legal advice received but will not be disclosed - BBC...

BBC News

Scottish referendum: EU legal advice received but will not be disclosed
BBC News
The SNP government has received legal advice on an independent Scotland's membership of the EU, but it has refused to reveal what it says. External Affairs Minister Fiona Hyslop confirmed to BBC Newsnight Scotl...


David Maddox: Independence referendum will leave emotional scars - Scotsman

Scotsman

David Maddox: Independence referendum will leave emotional scars
Scotsman
This cannot be ignored, not least when considering that Alex Salmond has chosen 2014 as the year of the referendum: the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn and when Scots athletes will compete as Scots not Brits in the C...


190000 viewers watch the first televised referendum debate - Herald Scotland

190000 viewers watch the first televised referendum debate
Herald Scotland
The Scotland Tonight special, which pitched Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon against Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, attracted 190,000 viewers at its peak. STV also hailed an 850% increase in Twitter traffic, as the s...


PM defends decision to bring forward EU referendum bill - Herald Scotland

PM defends decision to bring forward EU referendum bill
Herald Scotland
DAVID Cameron has denied he was panicked into bringing forward the Conservatives' draft EU referendum bill to quell Tory unrest as Alex Salmond branded his positioning on Europe "ridiculous". DAVID Cameron has denied he was pan...


Scottish referendum: New independence pension schemes 'like building an NHS' ...

BBC News

Scottish referendum: New independence pension schemes 'like building an NHS'
BBC News
Accountant Ronnie Bowie made his remark during evidence to MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. The politicians are examining a number of issues ahead of the Scottish independence referend...


Tory backbenchers in revolt over Europe referendum bill - Herald Scotland

BBC News

Tory backbenchers in revolt over Europe referendum bill
Herald Scotland
His tactic of publishing a draft European Union referendum bill failed to blunt the Tory rebellion, with Labour's Douglas Alexander describing defiance among the Conservatives as "a further devastating blow to the Prime...


Scottish referendum: Business leaders join new pro-independence group - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish referendum: Business leaders join new pro-independence group
BBC News
Dozens of Scottish businesses have joined a new organisation which has been set up to lobby for a yes vote in the independence referendum. Business for Scotland, which said it had recruited more than 350 members,...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon says 'much to do' to win referendum - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says 'much to do' to win referendum
BBC News
The minister in charge of the Scottish government's yes to independence campaign has admitted that much more work needed to be done to win over the electorate. Nicola Sturgeon was speaking ahead of a speech in Glas...


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Algorithm Apocalypse?

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This is a link to a video of trading in Johnson & Jo...



Shimmy Nightclub Glasgow

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Aberdeen Beer Festival 2013

Starts a week on Thursday.

 

Anyone going?

 

The Friday this year coincides with a day I turn hor...



New Boiler + Install - Glasgow, Recommendations?

Hi,

Bought my first house recently and the boiler in it is pretty old, like 20 years, although it...



Pubs In Edinburgh To Watch Football

Just moved to Edinburgh a couple of days ago, living in Slateford. Can anyone recommend any decen...



Labour "lied" To Scots In The 1970's, Lord Healey Admits...

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2013/may/fiddled-figures-hammer-blow-no-campaign

 

How can B...



Another Day, Another Scare Story

From the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22580074

 

Scottish Independence: Treasury cla...



That Eurovision Scoreboard

Anyone notice the odd one out? (And I don't mean on points)



Better Nation

Better Nation
Work as if you live in the early days of a

Two bald men fighting over a comb
Scotland has endured forty years of debate about North Sea oil – who owns it, how much is there, ...

Bearding the Tavish in his den
Last night a debate took place on Shetland. In one corner for The Rumble In The Northern Isles wa...

Questions for Better Together
A guest today from Keir Liddle on those infamous 500 questions, as lovingly parodied on Twitter. ...

It?s all relative
A guest post today from Labour MSP Ken Macintosh, who shadows John Swinney at Holyrood. Ken’s blo...

The Aberdeen Donside by-election
The sad death of Brian Adam MSP just under a fortnight ago means the first Holyrood by-election o...

The North is rising
I?ve been somewhat sceptical as to some of the overtures being made toward the Nordic countries b...

Labour?s timidity on pay
The week before their 29% triumph in the local elections down south, “Red Ed” set out a timid Bla...

The march of the ?kippers as the revenge of Yes to AV
The Alternative Vote referendum in 2011 was one of the most cynical episodes in modern British po...

Diverse In Action
The independence movement is just that; a movement. It is not a retailer of one narrative, or one...

A return for WMOTW
It’s been ages since anyone here cast an eye over the motions lodged at Holyrood, looking for sai...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Panelbase poll : Yes campaign closes gap to just eight points
I'll have to make this a very quick post because I'm in a mad rush, but the latest Panelbase poll...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Saturday's final
It's become traditional at this time of year for me to say "oooh, this is a tough one", but actua...

Farage ą trois
Earlier today I was asked by the International Business Times to put together a quick piece about...

Sturgeon wins first setpiece TV independence debate
I think pretty much every independence supporter who watched tonight's STV debate will have come ...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Thursday's semi-final
I got seven out of ten right on Tuesday, which is probably roughly par, given that no-one in thei...

Can 'freedom and democracy' cope with independence?
I have a new article at the International Business Times, which attempts to put the significance ...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Tuesday's semi-final
'Fraid so - it's that time of year again. Without wanting to put you off before we even get star...

(no title)
Hello, I am Robert MacDonald, guest poster. As an experiment, James has kindly allowed me space o...

Ipsos-Mori : SNP retain lead in Scottish Parliament voting intentions
As you'll probably have seen by now, the latest full-scale Scottish poll from Ipsos-Mori is out, ...

"You're an idiot - now go and play with something sharp" says the No campaign...
I realise there's a slight danger of turning this blog into one long transcription of my exchange...

Does James Mackenzie have a problem with alternative points of view?
James Mackenzie, the supremo of the Better Nation blog, has in a somewhat haughty (and not exactl...

Questions to which the answer is "don't ask questions with your mouth full, y...
It's strategy, Jim, but not as we know it. The No campaign seem to have convinced themselves tha...

By all means let's be civilised, but let's do it because we're human beings
Let me say straight away that I quite like Susan Calman - I've seen her live a few times, and whi...

Darling : "I'm in the wrong campaign!"
This seems to be the top tweet featuring the #indyref hashtag at the moment -

"@TogetherDarling ...

Fancy becoming a contributor to Scot Goes Pop?
In recent months, the visitor numbers to this blog have reached unprecedented levels. Although t...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



Is it even worth bothering?
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Quoted for truth #16
From Wings Over ScotlandQuoted for truth #16http://wingsoverscotland.com/quoted-for-truth-16/?utm...

Treasury paper not an accurate reflection of Scotland?s financial services

An Independent Scotland Might Not be Able to Guarantee Savers Deposits?
A Westminster Government Report: “An Independent Scotland Might Not be Able to Guarantee Savers D...

It?s not just us, then?
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Cake neither had nor eaten
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Lies then and lies now
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Mandy Rhodes ? Interview with Denis Healey
Today Mandy Rhodes in the Holyrood Magazine interviews Denis Healey, the retired British Labour...

Brit Nat Down
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Dispatches from foreign lands
From Wings Over ScotlandDispatches from foreign landshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/dispatches-from...

Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
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Where?s Werritty?
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Cameron Superstar
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Plus Ca Change
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Free UK Entry for Illegals Only
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The Mavi Marmara Murders
I can claim to have had a small hand in instigating the legal complaint to the International Crim...

The Tough Life of a Dissident
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Time to Abolish the BBC
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Sunday Return
Back home today from a very life-affirming Uzbek opposition meeting in Istanbul. Blogging resumes...

Virus
A computer virus is sending out emails from me – don’t open if you get one. I am puzzled how this...

Fat Cat Culture
The Guardian today published a photo of a bit of derelict yard where kids had been playing, as ev...

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson is fit to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jock Stein. That is most of what nee...

Lawson: The Banker?s Poison is Out
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Lynne Stewart ? Last Chance for Compassionate Release
In the same week that the Obama administration decided there would be no prosecutions of Bush aco...

Killing Syrians ? A Game Anyone Can Play
Israel’s massive air strikes against Syria are, beyond argument, illegal. There is no provision i...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

Propaganda war: who will win Scottish teenage hearts and minds?

Schools are gearing up to be a key battleground in next year's referendum on Scottish independence

Rosie Duthie and Euan MacIntosh, both 15, have made up their minds on how they plan to vote in next...



Scottish independence could threaten thousands of banking jobs

Finance and banking jobs in Scotland would be at risk if major firms opt to pursue larger markets in England, warns Treasury

The Treasury has claimed that thousands of Scottish banking and finance j...



Martin Rowson on Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage ? cartoon

SNP leader accuses Farage of touting obnoxious policies after Ukip leader labels protesters 'fascist scum'

Martin Rowson



Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond trade insults in battle of nationalists

SNP leader accuses Farage of touting obnoxious policies after Ukip leader labels protesters 'fascist scum'

The two most influential political leaders reshaping British politics outside Westminster t...



Labour suspends vote for Falkirk seat until Unite dispute resolved

Falkirk's troubled parliamentary candidate selection to be put on hold until source of membership irregularities is confirmed

Labour has suspended the troubled selection for a parliamentary candidat...



Scottish independence: divorce makes sense for both parties

Award-winning author Iain Banks supports a historic change which he is unlikely to live to see

What I used to say, until 4 March this year, was that I did not expect Scottish independence to happen ...



Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond clash over protesters

Scottish first minister says Ukip leader can't handle having policies challenged after Farage called activists 'fascist scum'

Alex Salmond has hit back at Nigel Farage, accusing him of touting "obno...



Nigel Farage's Scottish hounding was an antidote to fawning media treatment |...

Had the media focused more on Ukip's policies, Farage might not have believed his hype and made such a blunder in Scotland

Thursday's confrontation between Nigel Farage and Scottish protesters has l...



Nigel Farage attacks 'fascist scum' protesters

Ukip leader calls on Scottish first minister Alex Salmond to condemn demonstrators who forced him to flee media briefing

Nigel Farage has described protesters who forced him to flee a press conferen...



David Cameron should beware the referendum trap | Steve Richards

History shows that referendums tend to ruin rather than unify political parties ? and have little to do with genuine people power

Beware the deadly lure of referendums. In the United Kingdom referen...



Gordon Brown: Conservatives close to being 'Powellite' on immigration

Brown unveils Labour campaign against Scottish independence declaring that only Labour will protect UK institutions

Gordon Brown has accused the Tories of adopting Enoch Powell-style rhetoric on imm...



Union with Ukip's England? Spare us | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists should be making an equitable immigration policy a central policy plank

One by one, the few remaining ties that bind us with England are being loosened. For those of us who have cherish...



Scottish ministers win court battle over minimum alcohol pricing

Whisky industry loses first round of legal fight against minimum pricing law in landmark case watched closely by other EU states

Scottish ministers have won the first round in a lengthy court battle...



Scottish court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Scotch Whisky Association's challenge to 50p minimum price a unit is dismissed

A judge has ruled that Scottish government plans to set a minimum price for alcoholic drinks are legal, in a case that ...



Scottish independence quest hampered by policy gaps, MPs say

Select committee says Alex Salmond's stance on membership of EU and Nato lacks concrete evidence of risks and costs

Alex Salmond's quest for Scottish independence is being undermined by significant ...




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